Profile: Dennis Kucinich

January 3, 2008 6:13:02 PM PST
Political profile of candidate Dennis KucinichDENNIS KUCINICH, Democrat
Congressman from Ohio
Age: 61

EDUCATION: Attended Cleveland State University, 1967-70; bachelor's degree in speech communications from Case Western Reserve University, 1973; master's degree in speech communications from Case Western, 1974.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Cleveland City Council member in the 1970s and 1980s; mayor of Cleveland, 1977-79; Ohio Senate, 1994-1996; member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-present.

OTHER EXPERIENCE: Clerk of municipal courts, radio talk show host, lecturer, media consultant, TV reporter, copyreader at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and The Wall Street Journal, surgical technician at St. Alexis Hospital.

FAMILY: Wife Elizabeth Harper. Divorced twice before; adult daughter, Jackie.


  • Favors abortion rights.

  • Supports same-sex marriage.

  • Supports the Kyoto Protocol treaty to curb emissions of greenhouse gases.

  • Favors national health insurance program covering medical, dental, mental health and long-term care as well as prescription drugs.

  • Wants to legalize "hardworking, taxpaying" illegal immigrants.

  • IRAQ:
  • Opposed U.S. invasion.
  • Favors troop withdrawal and cutting off additional money to continue the war.
  • Got 1 percent in Dec. 31st Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.

  • Kucinich was elected to Cleveland's City Council at 23 years old. He was then elected mayor at the age of 31. At the time, he was the youngest person ever elected to lead a major American city.